ACO Violinists Aiko Goto and Liisa Pallandi, ACO String Educators Beth Condon and Anton Baba with a Year 2 class at St Marys North.
Ⓒ Leeroy Te Hira - 2021
The program aims to improve cognitive, emotional and behavioural development by giving children access to quality music education. In 2018, 20 Year 1 students at St Marys North Public School were provided with a violin or cello alongside weekly lessons with a specialist instrumental teacher, daily classroom practice sessions supported by digital resources made by the ACO, and regular visits from ACO musicians, who practice with the children and inspire their development.
“The students are thinking faster, taking more risks in their learning and managing themselves so much better. I can see the enormous results in the students, and in me.” Year 1 Teacher, St Marys North Public School
Since 2018, the ACO Foundations Program has been making a real difference to the students at St Marys North Public School.
By bringing music tuition and practice (violin and cello) into the classroom for 30 minutes every day, the Program has seen great leaps in the children’s emotional and cognitive development, including increased reading standards. Techers have also noted behavioural changes – the participating children are more focussed, have increased social awareness and self-confidence and the attendance of participating classes is the highest in the school.
In 2021 the Program expands further to include the entire cohort of Year 1 and 2 students at the school participating. All these children will be provided with access to a violin or cello, weekly lessons with a specialist instrumental teacher, daily classroom practice sessions supported by digital resources and regular visits from ACO musicians.
“The benefits of the music ACO music program are immense. It is such a joy to share your passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for music as you help us develop our understanding of the strong role it plays in child development.” - Lisa Parrello, Principal, St Marys North Public School.